Lewis Hamilton has to start winning races if he’s going to have any chance of retaining his world title. He took a big step towards that when taking pole position for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.
Hamilton finished 0.216 seconds ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg with the two Red Bulls in third and fourth with Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Max Verstappen. Kimi Raikkonen was in fourth with Sebastian Vettel in fifth.
Rosberg is 33 points ahead of Hamilton with just four races to go. Apart from some sloppy starts, Hamilton has had plenty of problems this season with the engine his Mercedes has. That nightmare nearly returned when the defending world champion reported gearbox problems during qualifying.
It would be a terrible shame if all the hard work Hamilton is putting into his title defence is ruined by more mechanical problems. After all it never seems to happen to Rosberg does it? I can’t wait to see what Lewis puts in a future autobiography when it comes to recalling this season.
He was in fine form during qualifying and was ahead of Rosberg throughout apart from lap where Rosberg led him by just 0.099 seconds.
It was another disappointing qualifying session for McLaren with both Button and Alonso failing to make the top ten. Button went out in the first session and his luck certainly wasn’t in. He started on the soft tyre and then when his car was on the super-soft he ended up getting stuck in traffic. Team mate Fernando Alonso will start in 12th.
As I’ve already written, Hamilton has had some sloppy starts this season that have been extremely costly for him. Warm, sunny weather is forecast for tomorrow and if he can get the lead from the start and his car behaves itself, then he can get the win here. Even that might not be enough for him though, four wins for Hamilton and four seconds for Rosberg sees the title being won by the German for the first time.
He was certainly happy after securing pole position, “I feel amazing,” he commented after qualifying. Rosberg was quick to add that it’s the race that matters most, telling reporters, “As we have seen this year, qualifying is not all-important so I still have a good chance in the race.”
It certainly promises to be another fascinating race. Hamilton just has to make the most of his pole position and hope something stops Rosberg getting second place. That 33 point gap has to close or Rosberg really will be celebrating at the end of the season. Hope you enjoy you racing, bye now till the next motorsport blog.